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    • Cameron
      Coop, lead developer at TorqueSim, has shown a new update for the SR22 project they are working on.
      In this update we discuss the RealSimGear Perspective Hardware integration, as well as a 3D and texture model preview. The update is also packed with more information about the engine model and electrical system.
      You can see all of this in the SR22 Development thread located here on X-Pilot.

    • Cameron
      SkyMaxx Pro v4.9.3 has been released and is a free update for all current v4 customers. Included in this update is numerous Vulkan fixes, as well as newly refined lighting on clouds. There have also been some cloud texture refinements to fix some artifacts.
      You can read more about the update here in the forums!

    • Cameron
      Leading Edge Simulations has officially announced the Douglas DC-3 v2 update is in the works.
      This update will be a realistic representation of the existing v1 DC-3 many customers have come to love.
      The entire 3D model and textures have been re-vamped, FMOD is being introduced, a much deeper systems simulation, all-new UI, and more is coming. To see all the details be sure to see the topic here at X-Pilot!

    • Cameron
      TorqueSim has released the BN-2 Islander on X-Aviation! You can pick up your copy today.
      The BN-2 Islander is a light twin regional airliner and utility aircraft and is still widely flown today. Thanks to its rugged construction and excellent short-field performance, this aircraft can be found with operators all over the world. The model simulated is the BN-2B-26, equipped with 2 Lycoming O-540 engines.
      Head on over to the store to purchase the BN-2 Islander!

    • Cameron

      X-Aviation Gets A New Look

      By Cameron, in News,

      X-Aviation has been re-designed from the ground up! The new site is intended to make your shopping easier by placing the information you really want to know at the top of each product page, and brings a modern, mobile friendly shop with it as well. No matter where you are, you can now shop with ease from any device!

    • Cameron
      In the latest SR22 development update, Coop takes us through explanations about the aerodynamics on this aircraft.
      TorqueSim states, "Aerodynamics is one of many reasons why we all love X-Plane. That’s also why, just like with the engine, aerodynamics on the TorqueSim SR22 have been designed to take full advantage of the simulator’s capabilities and get as close as possible to the real world equivalent. Therefore a professional flight model of the SR22 was created by X-Aerodynamics in 2018 – over many months of work using all available resources and documents. It is up to the most recent standards and greatly benefits of the flight model improvements introduced with version 11.41 of the simulator and is ready for 11.50."
      You can read more about the latest update in the SR22 forums here.

    • Cameron
      SkyMaxx Pro v4.9.1 has been released and includes experimental support for Vulkan. Mac users may still enjoy the latest update while using OpenGL.
      This update is free for all current v4 users of SkyMaxx, and includes numerous optimizations for better performance.
      You can find more information about v4.9.1 in the release notes in this forum.

    • Cameron
      Laminar Research, creator of the X-Plane flight simulator franchise, is proud to announce the long-awaited Vulkan/Metal update of its flagship desktop simulation product, X-Plane 11.50 Beta
      Laminar normally does not publish press releases for beta versions of X-Plane, but the Vulkan release is so important to the X-Plane 11 roadmap that we decided to publicly announce it before the final-release version is available.  
      Vulkan (PC) and Metal (Mac) are rendering level APIs that change how X-Plane interacts with the graphics card. They are faster than OpenGL that X-Plane has used in the past. 
      Overall, most users will see improved frame rates and reduced stutters when using Vulkan or Metal.
      In X-Plane 11.50 Beta, there is a check-box in the rendering settings that enables Vulkan or Metal.  A restart of X-Plane is necessary for the change to take effect. 
      If for some reason a user encounters problems while using Vulkan or Metal, OpenGL is still available by simply unchecking the Vulkan/Metal check-box.
      X-Plane 11.50 has been in private beta testing since the end of 2019. During the long development cycle for the 11.50 Beta, better handling of plugin drawing was added, 
      a new process for texture paging was added and iterated 3 times, and multiple fixes to increase performance were added. 
      X-Plane 11.50 Beta is now available to all X-Plane 11 users on both the Laminar and Steam sites through the X-Plane 11 update feature.
      More technical information on the Vulkan update can be found on the Laminar development blog.
      About Laminar Research
      Laminar Research is creator of the X-Plane franchise of flight simulators, including X-Plane 11, the latest desktop version.  X-Plane 11 is available in both a consumer and FAA certified professional version. 
      Laminar also offers X-Plane versions for both the iPhone and iPad, as well as other mobile systems. 
      X-Plane’s flight model, scope, versatility, customizability, and 3rd party add-ons make it the ultimate flight simulation experience for Macintosh, Windows, Linux, IOS, and Android platforms. 

      For more information on Laminar Research and X-Plane: www.x-plane.com

    • Cameron
      TorqueSim has posted the fourth update for their upcoming SR22 aircraft.
      In this update Coop covers how the SR22 will include a fully custom engine model, and why it's important to do so rather than using X-Plane's standard model.
      Check out the full update and screenshot previews by going to the forum thread located here!

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